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Hawthorne Wolfe, during his younger days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Off to the playoffs he goes.

Coupeville grad Hawthorne Wolfe and the Western Washington University club baseball squad capped the regular season this past weekend with a three-game sweep of Portland State University.

Rolling to 16-9, 3-0, and 17-3 victories, the Vikings stretch their win streak to six games and get to 19-9 on the season.

Next up is a trip to Nampa, Idaho May 12-14, where WWU joins Oregon, Utah State, and Boise State in the double-elimination Northern Pacific Regional Tournament.

The winner claims one of eight tickets to the National Club Baseball Association Division 1 World Series, held May 26-June 2 in Illinois.

A decade ago, another Coupeville alumni, Jordan Wilcox, hit .313 across four games for WWU at the 2013 World Series.

Seeded #7 in an eight-team field, that edition of the Vikings surprised folks, finishing fourth at the season-ending tourney.

Wolfe, a freshman at Western, scored four runs, eked out three walks, smacked a pair of hits, and made off with a stolen base this weekend while facing off with Portland State.

On the season, the former CHS star has worked primarily as a pitcher, making 10 appearances — most of any WWU hurler — with four starts.

He has racked up 22 strikeouts while on the bump, putting Wolfe second-best among Viking pitchers.

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Hawthorne Wolfe (right) reunites with high school mates Caleb Meyer (left) and Logan Martin. The trio are all college athletes now. (Abbie Martin photo)

Hawk is still flying high.

Coupeville grad Hawthorne Wolfe tossed two scoreless innings Saturday as his Western Washington University baseball squad rolled to the first win in a three-victory weekend.

The Vikings swept Central Oregon Community College, winning 10-0, 11-2, and 5-4.

That lifts WWU to 16-9 on the season heading into the regular season finale this coming weekend against Portland State University.

On the season Wolfe, the former Northwest 2B/1B League baseball MVP, has pitched in nine games, making four starts.

He is 1-0 with a save and has racked up 21 strikeouts in 20 innings of work.

At the plate Wolfe, in a limited number of at-bats, has chipped in with four hits, three runs, and two RBI.

During his Coupeville days Joan McPherson’s grandson was a standout basketball and baseball star who played a major role for league title-winning teams in both sports.

Even with essentially losing a full season of games due to Covid, Wolfe singed the nets for 800 points, making him the #14 scorer all-time in the 106-season history of CHS boys’ basketball.

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Hawthorne Wolfe, old-school style. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf alumni still have that lovin’ feeling for baseball.

Coupeville High School grads Hawthorne Wolfe and Joey Lippo are deep into collegiate hardball seasons in different parts of the country.

Wolfe is a freshman at Western Washington University, where he’s part of a Viking squad sitting at a sweet 10-6 on the season.

With the former Coupeville ace striking out a season-high six batters in a game this past weekend, WWU claimed two of three from the University of Washington to cement its status as the second-best team in their five-team conference.

The Vikings, who are 4-2 in league play, have 12 games left on the schedule.

Western hosts Gonzaga this coming Saturday and Sunday for three games, then gets a first-place showdown with the University of Oregon (12-4, 5-1) the following weekend.

On the season, Wolfe has pitched in a team-high six games, starting three, and is 1-0 with a save. His 16 strikeouts across 15+ innings of work ranks second among WWU hurlers.

Lippo, a junior outfielder at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, is having a solid season for a team struggling to improve its win/loss record.

The Owls are 1-18 heading into a pair of weekend doubleheaders with Thomas College in Waterville.

Coupeville’s alumni is hitting .258 — second-best on his squad — with 16 hits, eight runs, two triples, a home run, seven RBI, seven walks, and four steals.

Lippo also displays a nimble glove and a strong arm while patrolling the field for UMPI.

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Lucy (left) and Sophie Sandahl, being awesome every day. (Photo courtesy Lucy Sandahl)

The sisters rule the water.

Coupeville’s Sophie and Lucy Sandahl helped the Seattle Pacific University women’s rowing team thrash arch-rival Western Washington University at the Falcon Regatta Saturday morning.

The duo played major roles for the SPU varsity 4+ boat, which won its two races by almost a full five and seven seconds, respectively.

Overall, Seattle Pacific swept to victory in all six races contested on the L.W. Ship Canal course.

During the varsity 4+ races, Sophie, who celebrated Senior Night festivities this week, was in the #3 seat, while her lil’ sis dictated the pace of the attack from her coxswain position.

SPU, which is highly-rated this season, returns to action Apr. 15-16, when the squad travels to Cherry Hills, New Jersey for the Knecht Cup.

The Sandahls, who were sports and academic standouts as high schoolers, both attended Coupeville schools after the family moved to Whidbey from South Carolina.

Lucy graduated from CHS after playing volleyball and track for the Wolves, while Sophie went up north and finished at my alma mater, Oak Harbor High School, where she competed with the Wildcat swim team.

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Hawthorne Wolfe surveys the skies during his time on the prairie. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

He’s an equal opportunity pitcher.

After making his first two college baseball appearances as a reliever, Coupeville grad Hawthorne Wolfe was tabbed to make his first start Saturday afternoon.

The former CHS ace tossed three scoreless innings for the Western Washington University club hardball squad, whiffing four Central Washington University hitters while keeping his ERA pristine.

While the Vikings eventually fell 6-5 after their bullpen failed to match Wolfe, it was the only loss for WWU, which claimed two of three for the second time this season.

Western, which clubbed Central 17-1 and 20-1 in the weekend’s other two games, sits at 4-2 overall, 2-1 in league play.

Wolfe, who leads Viking pitchers with three appearances on the mound, is 1-0 with a save, having struck out six across seven scoreless innings of work.

He’s scattered five hits and three walks, while plunking a rival batter just to keep everyone honest.

Along with his debut as a college starting pitcher, the former Northwest 2B/1B League MVP also got his first swings at the plate for the Vikings this past weekend.

Wolfe scored twice, picked up an RBI, and made off with his first college steal.

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